Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We are asking for a lower solar heat gain coefficient on the south and west facing windows.
Cambria Carmarthen Brown
Wilsonart Deepstar Glaze
Formica 760 Ivory BrushingKitchen floor would be Armstrong cusion step sheet vinyl, Peruvian Slate Sunrise. Wet bar floor would be Peruvian Slate Seacliff.
Entry, foyer, hall and side hall, great room, dining area floor: Laminate Wood, TAS American Classics Red Oak 6340
Kitchen Floor: Armstrong vinyl, Peruvian Slate Sunrise 33134
Kitchen Countertops: Cambria Quartz, Carmarthen Brown
Powder Room Floor: Armstrong vinyl; Peruvian Slate Sunrise 33134
Powder Room Countertop: Cambria Quartz, Carmarthen Brown
Mud Room and Utility Room Floors: Armstrong vinyl; Peruvian Slate Sunrise 33134
Utility Room Countertops: Formica, 760, Ivory Brushing
Master Bedroom Floor: Carpet, Beaulieau Promo 01: #16
Master Bathroom Floor: Armstrong Starstep Sandstone 64517
Master Bathroom Countertop: Wilsonart Deepstar Glaze 1813-35
Hall Bedroom Floor: Carpet, Beaulieau Promo 01: #16
Hall Bathroom Floor: Armstrong Peruvian Slate Sunrise 33134
Hall Bathroom Countertop: Wilsonart Deepstar Glaze 1813-35
Wet Bar Floor: Armstrong Peruvian Slate Seacliff 33130
Wet Bar Countertop: Cambria Quartz, Carmarthen Brown
Bathroom Floor: Armstrong Starstep Sandstone 64517
Bathroom Countertop: Formica, 760, Ivory Brushing
Bedroom and Rec Room Floors: Carpet, Beaulieau Promo 01: #16
What about backsplashes for kitchen, wetbar, and bathrooms?
What kind of windows?
One must choose a window manufacturer, a window type, and a window design.
Manufacturers very on quality and price. Information available via the Internet isn't unambiguous. There are positive and negative comments, and it's hard to separate installation problems from manufacturing problems. Our builder has Atrium vinyl windows on the spec sheet. My sense is that this is a mass market, run of the mill window. Do we want a higher quality window? If so, what brand? How can we be sure another window will be properly installed?
When picking a window, you want to consider various ratings for UV protection, water and air infiltration, heat blocking, and sound control. The U value for windows should be less than or equal to (LTET) .35, while the rating for water infiltration, the window's DP value, should be LTET 30. For air infiltration, lower CFM values are better.
types of windows. Windows can be single or double hung, casement, gliders, or plain old fixed windows. They can have a box grid, a perimeter frame, various other designs, or be plain. Lots of choices, and what you choose will depend on where the window is, front, rear or side.
The rationale for building is simple. We couldn't find a house on the market that met our needs. Strange as it seems, nothing we looked at provided a master bedroom and additional bedroom on the main floor, and a separate living space for the third adult in our family. Basically, we wanted a 2 bedroom up and 2 down rambler with a daylight basement.
Of course we had other things we wanted, some pretty much requirements, some nice to have. Of the former, designing for seniors was a requirement. Architects and builders call this being "ADA Compliant," which refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act, I guess that means we older Americans are considered disabled. Sometimes I feel that's accurate, especially in the morning before I've had my coffee.